DJ Controller and Interface Buying Guide

Choosing the right DJ controller/interface depends a lot on your software. Here’s the intel you need to make both choices.

How to Choose the Right DJ Equipment

Shop smart for DJ controllers, interfaces, software and hardware. Know what to look for when building a rig to fit your budget and skills.

iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide

How to choose the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to keep the beats coming seamlessly

Tech Tip: Gigging with Mobile Devices: Make Those Backing Tracks Mono, Part 2

Why you want to mix your backing tracks in mono and how to do it right

iOS Gear for Vocalists Buying Guide

From iOS mics and preamps to mixers and speakers, check out the gear you need to transform your iOS device into a vocal studio and powerful performance tool.

QSC TouchMix-16 Digital Mixer

iOS Recording Gear Buying Guide

Here’s the intel you need to turn your iPhone or iPod into a full fledged studio and powerful music production tool. Learn about the iOS interfaces, controllers, mics and other mobile music gear you need.

The DJ Buying Guide to Live Sound Gear

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How to choose the right PA equipment to match your music, gigs and budget

Tech Tip: 12 Essential Strategies to Improve Your Audio Mixes

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When it’s time to mix a recording, you need some strategies

The Touchscreen Control Surface Revolution

Whether for mixing or synth programming, touchscreens are having a major impact 

by Craig Anderton 

Mixers used to be so predictable: Sheet metal top, faders, knobs, switches, and often, a pretty hefty price tag. Sure, DAWs started including virtual mixers, but unless you wanted to mix with a mouse (you don’t), then you needed a control surface with . . . a sheet metal top, faders, knobs, switches, and a slightly less hefty price tag. 

Video: Yamaha MG Series Mixers - NAMM 2014

Yamaha's Jay Kenney runs down the newest MG mixers ranging from 6 to 20 inputs, some with USB/app-based control.

Expert Review: Mackie DL806 Digital Mixer

This article previously appeared on Harmony Central—your information source for making better music.

By Craig Vecchione

The Running Man with an Apple

The DL series of compact mixers is Mackie's latest foray into digital mixing for live sound, following if not necessarily replacing the discontinued TT-24. This is a completely new and very compact design that uses an Apple iPad (not included) as the mixing interface.

Tech Tip: Mixing Board Pre-Fader & Post-Fader Aux Sends

What's The Difference Between Pre-Fader And Post-Fader Aux Sends On A Mixing Board?

Hands-On Review: Behringer B-Control Series

Changing the way you make music

Hands-On Review: Peavey XR 8300 and XR 8600 Powered Mixers

Legendary mixers with the latest technology

Hands-On Review: Yamaha MG166CX Mixing Console

Take the MG out for a spin and experience top-down performance

Hands-On Review: Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixer

A low-cost mixer with a surprising array of features

Hands-On Review: Gear One PA1300 and PA2400 Powered Mixers

Functional and affordable pro mixers for bands on a budget

Hands-On Review: Peavey PV Mixers

Chock-full o' good, good stuff.

Hands-On Review: Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio

High-quality computer recording made easy and affordable

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